March 20, 1979 |
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
2009 - 2013
2014 - present
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California, United States|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu |
|Wrestling||Olympic Freestyle Wrestling
NCAA Division I Wrestling
|Years active||2009–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Oklahoma State University|
|Notable school(s)||Colby Community College
Northside High School
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Men's freestyle wrestling|
|Bronze||2007 Baku||-96 kg|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||2003 Santo Domingo||-96 kg|
|Bronze||2007 Rio de Janeiro||-96 kg|
|Pan American Championships|
|Gold||2002 Maracaibo||-96 kg|
Daniel Cormier (born March 20, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently competing in the light heavyweight division. Cormier was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion. As of March 17, 2014, he is #5 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings.
Cormier is the son of Joseph and Audrey Cormier. He has an older brother named Joseph, a sister named Felicia and a younger brother named Ferral. When Cormier was seven, his father was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in 1986 by the father of his second wife.
Cormier was a three-time Louisiana wrestling state champion in high school and high school All-American. In high school, Northside High School, he suffered only two losses after his freshman year, both coming in injury defaults. He had a 101–9 record during his high school career and was also an All-State performer in football. After high school he attended Colby Community College where he was a two-time junior college national champion. After Colby he transferred to wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State University where he was an NCAA runner-up, losing to Cael Sanderson in the finals.
After graduating from Oklahoma State with a degree in sociology, Daniel went on to compete on five United States world wrestling teams and the 2004 Olympic wrestling team, where he took 4th place after losing to Khadjimourat Gatsalov in the semi-finals. Daniel was also a member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team for the USA, where he was named team captain, but did not compete due to kidney failure. Daniel also competed and represented the Oklahoma Slam team in the now defunct Real Pro Wrestling league and was crowned a champion in the first and only season in the 211 lb weight class. While he competed in Real Pro Wrestling, he was also teammates with fellow Strikeforce mixed martial arts competitor Muhammed Lawal, who also was a season 1 champion, in the 184 lb weight class.
Mixed martial arts
After making his professional debut, Cormier traveled to Australia and fought for Xtreme MMA. He defeated Lucas Browne to win the XMMA Heavyweight Championship on July 31. Two weeks later he made his first title defense of his career in August 13, against Soa Palelei. He won via submission to punches in the first round, but broke his hand during the fight.
Cormier won his second MMA title by winning the KOTC Heavyweight Championship on November 2009 from Tony Johnson. He landed a solid punch on Johnson in the first round, causing his larger opponent to shoot in, but Cormier quickly gained the advantage with superior wrestling and grappling and won the fight via rear-naked choke.
Cormier signed an eight-fight deal with the Strikeforce organization and debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings, defeating Gary Frazier by TKO.
Cormier fought at the event Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe on March 26, 2010, in Fresno, California against John Devine, Cormier defeating Devine by KO.
Shortly thereafter, Cormier fought Strikeforce: Houston event on August 21, 2010. Cormier defeating Jason Riley via submission punches with 1:02 into the fight.
Cormier next fought Devin Cole at the Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine event on January 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee. He won via unanimous decision, the first time a fight of his has gone the distance.
Cormier was to face Shane del Rosario at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum on June 18, 2011, in Dallas, Texas, but his opponent was involved in a car accident and withdrew from the bout. Cormier instead faced Jeff Monson and won via a decision. Cormier used his striking to dominate Monson on the feet and didn't allow for any takedowns, negating Monson's submission ability.
Cormier faced Antonio Silva on September 10, 2011, at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, replacing Alistair Overeem. In a shocking upset, he won the fight via KO (punches) in the first round, catching Silva with multiple hits to the jaw, causing him to collapse, and then finishing with two hammer blows to the face of the grounded Silva before the ref could stop the fight. Cormier later revealed that he broke his hand during the fight.
He faced fellow finalist Josh Barnett on May 19, 2012, at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier. Cormier dominated the five round fight, becoming the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46). It was discovered that Cormier, once again, broke his right hand during his last bout with Barnett, and will undergo hand surgery.
Daniel Cormier was rumored to face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in his return to Zuffa and Strikeforce debut, but on July 21, UFC President Dana White said "no Tim Sylvia is not with Zuffa".
Cormier was scheduled to fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir on November 3, 2012, at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir. However on September 19 it was revealed that Mir was forced to pull out of the bout due to an injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Cormier made his promotional debut against Frank Mir on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Due to Cain Velasquez, Cormier's teammate, being the current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cormier considered moving down to the UFC's light heavyweight division. Some writers expressed doubt in his ability to cut down to the 205 limit safely, citing Cormier suffering kidney failure during his time as an Olympic wrestler, trying to make 211 lbs.
In his second UFC fight, Cormier faced Roy Nelson on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Prior to the bout, he announced that win or lose, he would be moving down to the Light Heavyweight division. Cormier weighed in for the bout more than 20 pounds lighter than previous contests, at 224 pounds.
Cormier was expected to face Rashad Evans at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014, in his first fight at light heavyweight. However, a leg injury knocked Evans off the card ten days before the event, and he was replaced by newcomer Patrick Cummins. Cormier won the fight via TKO in the first round.
Cormier was briefly linked to a bout with Rafael Cavalcante on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175. However, on March 31, 2014, it was announced that Cormier would instead be fighting Dan Henderson on the same fight card. 
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Xtreme MMA
- XMMA Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles
- 2008 USA Senior Freestyle Olympic Team Captain
- 2007 FILA Wrestling World Championships Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2007 Pan American Games Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2007 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2005 Super Cup Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2005 World Cup Senior Freestyle Silver Medalist
- 2005 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Tournament Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2004 Boutiatyr Grand Prix Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2003 FILA Absolute Championship Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2003 Ivan Yarygin Cup Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2003 Pan American Games Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2002 Medved International Championships Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2002 Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2002 Pan American Championships Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2002 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Freestyle Bronze Medalist
- 2001 Sunkist Kids International Open Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 2001 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Senior Freestyle Gold Medalist
- 1995 FILA Wrestling World Championships Cadet Greco-Roman Bronze Medalist
- USA Wrestling
- USA Senior Freestyle Olympic Team Trials Winner (2004, 2008)
- FILA Senior Freestyle World Team Trials Winner (2005, 2006, 2007)
- FILA Senior Freestyle World Team Trials Runner-up (2001, 2002)
- USA Senior Freestyle National Championship (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Northwest Senior Freestyle Regional Championship (2008)
- John Smith Freestyle Wrestler of the Year Award (2007)
- ASICS Tiger High School All-American (1996, 1997)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- National High School Coaches Association
- NHSCA Senior High School National Championship 3rd Place (1997)
- NHSCA Senior All-American (1997)
- Louisiana High School Athletic Association
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|14 matches||14 wins||0 losses|
|Win||14–0||Patrick Cummins||TKO (punches)||UFC 170||February 22, 2014||1||1:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Win||13–0||Roy Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 166||October 19, 2013||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||12–0||Frank Mir||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||11–0||Dion Staring||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine||January 12, 2013||2||4:02||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||10–0||Josh Barnett||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier||May 19, 2012||5||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.|
|Win||9–0||Antonio Silva||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||1||3:56||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal. Replaced Overeem due to injury.|
|Win||8–0||Jeff Monson||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum||June 18, 2011||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.|
|Win||7–0||Devin Cole||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine||January 7, 2011||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||6–0||Soa Palelei||Submission (punches)||XMMA 3||November 5, 2010||1||2:23||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Defended the XMMA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Jason Riley||Submission (punches)||Strikeforce: Houston||August 21, 2010||1||1:02||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||4–0||Tony Johnson||Submission (rear naked choke)||KOTC: Imminent Danger||August 13, 2010||1||2:27||Mescalero, New Mexico, United States||Won the KOTC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Lucas Browne||TKO (punches)||XMMA 1||December 20, 2010||1||4:35||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Won the XMMA Heavyweight championship.|
|Win||2–0||John Devine||KO (punch)||Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe||March 26, 2010||1||1:19||Fresno, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Gary Frazier||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings||September 25, 2009||2||3:39||Bixby, Oklahoma, United States|
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- Professional MMA record for Daniel Cormier from Sherdog
- Official Website
- OFFICIAL website of Olympian Daniel Cormier (2004)
- Official Facebook Fan Page
- Daniel Cormier profile at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Olympic profile at sports-reference.com
- Daniel Cormier Quotes
- Official/Verified Twitter Account